Play tells 'passionate' story
March 25, 2010
FORT JACKSON, SC -- This Easter, the Christian community on Fort Jackson will have the opportunity to witness the Passion of Jesus through the eyes of Simon Peter.
A one-man play in two acts will recount the story from the Last Supper to the Resurrection. The first part, which ends with the Resurrection, is scheduled for Good Friday, April 2, 7-8 p.m. at the Solomon Center.
The play will continue as part of the installation's Easter sunrise service, April 4, 8-9 a.m. at the Solomon Center.
When Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Bart Physioc, installation chaplain, was deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991, he decided to get to the essence of his Christian faith. He took the story told in the four gospels and combined them into one narrative.
"When I did that, I memorized it all," Physioc said. "I never intended to put it into a play. I just memorized it and went through it, because I wanted to experience it personally. I wanted to remember it."
Physioc was inspired to turn his narrative into a play after seeing actor Dean Jones' presentation "St. John in Exile."
"I was really totally impressed and I thought, 'I've got the best script ever. It's from the scriptures, these four gospels put together in a narrative," he said. "So I crafted those verses into a narrative. And I thought, 'Who better than Peter could tell the story''"
Physioc has been taking on the role of Peter every year since 1995.
"(Jesus') passion has been my passion," he said. "It's an opportunity each year to present it to others. But, initially, it was for me to be reminded, 'This is the essence of my faith and I need to revisit it often.'"
Although he is the one performing the play, Physioc insisted that he does not want to be the center of attention, but that the purpose is to bring the story closer to the audience.
"I want everybody to go away with experiencing the story," he said. "I want it to be about him. I want this to be about Jesus."